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Paul Daniels Garden - 'the one show' - name of 'thug' grass?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 20:59

Sorry - didn't sow stipa it is a miscanthus ....

Paul Daniels Garden - 'the one show' - name of 'thug' grass?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 20:29

Thanks for those responses - much appreciated.  Weeping sedge (carex pendula) rings a bell and heard Stipa Tenuissima was good - will look out for some seeds.  Best specialist grass seed supplier anyone?  :-}

I've got a few stipa gigantea - doesnt seem to self seed much at all (but there again I probably deal with these seedlings as other grasses in the 'wrong place') - in fact today I plucked a ripe tuft of gigantea and 'sowed' it in a tray - will see what happens.....




Paul Daniels Garden - 'the one show' - name of 'thug' grass?

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 23:50

Anyone recall the name of the grass Christine Walkden pointed out as being a thug and the alternative she recommended please?

I'm pretty sure the seeds I sowed from a nearby grass are the very same and I've now gone round my garden pulling the consequent 'seedlings' out.  No wonder they all germinated!  Now looking for the alternative similar looking grass....


Cowboy Bums.... (Lithops)

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 10:32

A daisy like flower apparently ..... as for mescalin how would you know?

Cowboy Bums.... (Lithops)

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 01:07

Lithops - 'living stones' - anyone have experience of them as an outdoor plant?  I was tempted (compulsive buy at Helligan Gardens today - we live 40 minutes away).  I wasn't sure if they were hardy - but from what I've read they are clearly not...


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 11:16

Yes it is lined but I wanted to make sure none of it showed at all!  Hence the building of 'dry stone' walls on the ledges so they 'overhang' each ledge..... took a lot of material - large 'paddle' stones mixed with slate as u can see in the piccy.  Only around 10'x6'x2' - just right I thought for my size garden....


Posted: 03/10/2013 at 00:27

This was one I finished a few weeks back - saw my first waterboatman today ..... still looks a little 'fresh' as it were but should soon fill out by spring....


small still water pond

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 00:16

As far as I'm aware only a water feature naturally inhabited with a wide spectrum of wildlife will balance out naturally (ie fish and other creatures will reduce the midge larvae).  Although any water feature is better than none - I had the same problem with a bucket in the ground.... 


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:33

Yes - of course 'thunbergia' - had them before in my previous garden - no where near as easy to germinate or get going as quickly as nasturtions - but worth a bash as they are not as 'tasty' to caterpillers as I recall.... thanks! 

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:23

oooops! - and yeah I did suspect that ... now confirmed thank you (and by the Garden magazine this month - doh!) - still that a few of the bulbs had rotted off I thought they' d had it - now pulled up and in different compost! - will watch with interest but probably messed it up for this year anyway now....

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